Patriots Release Statement Saying They Are Not Mad At Tom Brady, Fully Support Him

This morning, news came out that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady required two additional surgeries on his left knee, and that things weren't exactly looking good in there. This, of course, led to a report from ESPN that the Patriots were less than pleased with the face of their franchise due to his insistence on having his surgery done by his own personal doctor, as opposed to the Patriots' team doctors.

Turns out, ESPN doesn't know what its talking about, at least as far the New England brass is concerned. The Patriots tonight released a statement saying that they are in full support of their franchise quarterback. From Mike Reiss' blog at the Boston Globe:

"Today, ESPN cited an unnamed source who supposedly expressed the feelings of the Patriots 'organization.' This unsubstantiated report does not represent the team's views whatsoever. We have supported Tom Brady one hundred percent from day one of this process and will continue to do so. We issued a statement last Saturday expressing our complete organizational support for Tom. That support includes all aspects of the process. Unfortunately, our statement was not mentioned or referenced in ESPN's report. Today, we reiterate our total support for Tom as he recovers from his injury."

To review: ESPN sent an internal company memo earlier this week demanding everyone shut up about Brett Favre's conservations with Matt Millen, mainly because it was a report they couldn't confirm.

Then, today, ESPN ran with a report about the Patriots being honked off about Tom Brady's knee, and then the Patriots turn around and call ESPN out for reporting an unsubstantiated report that couldn't be further from the truth, as far as the Patriots are concerned.

Of course, this could just be the Patriots way of sticking it to ESPN.

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